|Peter King at Kings Place in 2012.
Photo credit: Melody McLaren
Drummer Stephen Keogh has written in to give information about the benefit night for Saxophonist Peter King, which he is organizing at Pizza Express Dean Street on Monday 29th June. He writes:
“Peter King is a national treasure – one of the greatest alto sax players in the world and one the greatest musicians to have emerged from the UK.
The line-up for 29th (plus surprise guests) – is:
Peter King alto saxophone
Jean Toussaint tnr saxophone
Julian Arguelles tnr saxophone
Tom Cawley piano
Arnie Somogyi bass
Tina May voice
Jeremy Brown bass
Agusti Mas guitar
Stephen Keogh drums
All proceeds from the night’s performance will go towards Peter’s medical care and expenses. Please come and show your support for one of the last living legends of this music.”
Learnt so much from playing with him with Tubby and Maynard and gigs at the bulls head and other times..A very humble man..no. one player..Hope he'll be okay.
Peter has made a huge contribution to jazz in Britain. He is recognised by fellow musicians in the US and UK, as well as by his legions of fans, as one the very finest jazz alto saxophonists, truly world class. We are so lucky that he has made his contribution here and set the highest standards for British modern jazz. Those who know him as a person also know what a modest and warm guy he is. Great that this benefit evening is happening, and let's hope it gets a house full to overflowing.
Peter is as described – a warm hearted and generous teacher – apart from being the finest alto saxophonist in Europe. I wish I could be there.